Report - Spring has sprung and the NFL world moves into the quieter, final
waves of free agency, a time to tidy up the roster, figure out the last moves,
check the balance of the salary cap and make final preparations for the Great
Body Snatch, also known as the NFL Draft.
turns out Geno Smith's deal with the Giants is not as rich as had been reported.
The actual contract is a low-risk, one-year deal by the Giants that does not even
guarantee Smith's spot on the roster.
Giants are set to make another move to keep their defense intact from a year
ago. They will re-sign linebacker Keenan Robinson, a source confirmed. The 27-year-old
Robinson had 83 tackles in 2016, his first year with the Giants.
The Giants have added a veteran running back to their roster after all, but not a big name player like Adrian Peterson or LeGarrette Blount. The Giants have reportedly agreed to terms with Shaun Draughn, who scored six touchdowns for the San Francisco 49ers last season.
The Giants gained a bit more relief on their salary cap space by reducing the 2017 cap figure for receiver/return specialist Dwayne Harris. Harris was initially due to earn a $2.9 million base salary in 2017. The Giants trimmed $500,000 off that total. He has the opportunity to earn $600,000 in incentives if he finishes the 2017 season having averaged 10.0 per punt return.
Smith is officially a Giant. But he knows there is a big difference between
being on the team and being on the field. The former Jet will back up Eli Manning,
who has started 199 consecutive regular-season games and is coming off a season
in which he threw every pass attempted by the Giants.
newest Giants are Geno Smith, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the
Jets, and cornerback and special teams standout Valentino Blake, who has played
for Jacksonville, Pittsburgh and Tennessee.
Pierre-Paul did the impossible by playing his way back to big money. Jerry
Reese played the negotiations smartly to keep JPP in Big Blue.
Smith and the Giants have agreed to terms on a contract that will allow the
former Jets starting quarterback to compete for the job as Eli Manning's backup.
And given that he's only 26, Smith also might be competing to be Manning's heir
first wave of NFL free agency is over and Giants free-agent defensive tackle
Johnathan Hankins remains on the market. Well, it may have something to do with
his asking price.
Mar 15 The Giants have available salary cap space, but not much. The team's official cap space figure remains at $6,875,876 according to Tuesday's NFLPA records, but the actual number is much lower when the signing of offensive lineman D.J. Fluker, and the re-signings of running back Orleans Darkwa and right guard John Jerry, are factored in.
Jerry Reese's offseason work can't be judged until he figures out what to do with Ereck Flowers The left tackle position arguably was the Giants' most glaring weakness coming off a 2016 season in which Eli Manning never felt comfortable in the pocket.
Giants' (unofficial) depth chart after first wave of free agency. The Giants have made some additions, lost some players and have some free agents still on the market. Here's a look at the team's depth chart after the first wave of free agency.
Giants had a deadline decision to make Monday regarding Shane Vereen. Vereen
had a $500,000 bonus payable to him if he was on the roster at 4 p.m., and considering
the lost season he is coming off - only five games played - keeping him was not
a foregone conclusion. But the Giants value what Vereen brings to the field, and
he is not going anywhere.
Giants agreed to terms to bring back free-agent guard John Jerry. That reunion
came two days after they signed former first-round pick D.J. Fluker, who can play
guard and tackle. The two contracts likely mean the players will duke it out in
training camp for the starting job at right guard.
Fluker said he is not as worried about being a starter for 2017 as he is excited
about being able to re-start his career after four somewhat disappointing seasons
in San Diego.
Eli Manning woke up $13 million richer on Saturday. Manning's $13 million base salary for the 2017 season became fully guaranteed on Saturday as part of the four-year, $84 million contract extension he signed in September 2015.
Mar 12 For those waiting breathlessly for the Giants to make a move on their offensive line - sign someone, anyone! - the best advice is to take a breath so as not to turn blue. If the season started today - five words forming a truly useless phrase - the right side of the Giants' offensive line would be Brett Jones at guard and Bobby Hart at tackle. The left tackle still would be Ereck Flowers. And now, proceed to panic.
Giants sign offensive lineman D.J. Fluker to one-year deal. D.J. Fluker gives the Giants three former first-round picks on their offensive line. Does that mean Big Blue's front finally will dominate the line of scrimmage the way coach Ben McAdoo hopes?
The Giants' search for Eli Manning's backup quarterback could lead them to someone already familiar with playing in MetLife Stadium. Former Jets quarterback and free agent Geno Smith visited with the Giants on Saturday.
is not uncommon to study a player you want to emulate. Still, it is quite
astonishing to hear Rhett Ellison, the newly signed Giants tight end, say, "In
college, all I watched was Bear Pascoe film."
Eli Manning has yet to see Brandon Marshall on the field, but that hasn't stopped him from imagining what it will be like. "That's a good visual in my mind," Manning said Friday of the 6-4, 230-pound Marshall, the newest addition to the Giants' wide receiver group. "Odell [Beckham Jr.] over here, Brandon Marshall over there. That seems right."
Mar 10 The Giants will be on their fourth kicker in 18 games when they take the field for Week 1 of the 2017 regular season. Veteran Robbie Gould has signed a two-year deal with the 49ers, according to multiple reports.
Ellison signed by Giants as lead blocker for offense. It is a move they hope
will improve their running and passing games.
Marshall: Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard don't go on Miami party boat
if I was with Giants. Odell Beckham Jr. and Sterling Shepard, two of the receivers
on the trip, each dropped two key early passes to squander a strong start for
Eli Manning in the Giants' disappointing loss.
Marshall signs with Giants. After wearing green and white the past two seasons,
Marshall has signed a deal with the Giants, giving him the opportunity to line
up across from Odell Beckham Jr. and catch passes from Eli Manning.
Giants had their best home record in the short history of MetLife Stadium
in 2016, winning seven of the eight games played there. In an email sent on Tuesday,
co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch told season-ticket holders that record was
"in no small part because of your support and enthusiasm." They also
said it's time to pony up for that kind of success.
Giants' all-time best and worst free agent moves. With NFL free agency set to get started - a look back at the three best free agent signings the Giants ever made, and their three worst.
Mar 7 Ben McAdoo has been following Terrelle Pryor's career for many years. It may now be leading him toward adding the quarterback-turned-receiver to the Giants' roster.
Of the Giants' 17 unrestricted free agents, only a few are viewed by the front office as important to try to bring back. The most coveted Giants player figures to be defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who is young (he turns 25 in three weeks) and an established starter.
Deion Sanders recalls time he stuck it to Giants at 1989 NFL Scouting Combine. The Giants weren't ready for "Prime Time." Deion Sanders recalled his time at the 1989 NFL Scouting Combine while on the NFL Network Monday, specifically mentioning a story of an interview he had with the Giants.
Giants' sudden QB intrigue after Ben McAdoo's Eli Manning rip. Manning's performance
last season is what it is, and it was not very good. But at this point, there
have not been clear signs his physical skills are eroding.
have two upper-tier tight ends on draft radar. If O.J. Howard is on the board
when the 23rd-overall pick is set to be made, the Giants will write the name of
the tight end from Alabama on the card and run, not walk, up to the podium to
Eli Manning needs a big receiver and Brandon Marshall needs a new home in New York. It's easy to get carried away trying to match up players and teams with the free-for-all of free agency starting next week, but this one makes perfect sense: Gang Green's self-imposed loss should turn into Big Blue's gain. The Giants should sign Marshall.
Mar 2 The
Giants need to add talent to help Eli Manning this offseason, but Ben McAdoo
made sure to clarify Wednesday that the Giants need Manning to play much better
in 2017, too.
the Giants bring in a proven veteran running back to boost their ground game?
McAdoo, speaking to reporters at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, was customarily
several Giants players have expressed an interest in bringing the defense
back as close to intact as possible for 2017 - and placing the franchise tag on
Jason Pierre-Paul signifies a desire from the organization to do that - McAdoo
wants them to do more than just that.
place franchise tag on Jason Pierre-Paul for second time in his career. It
puts a one-year contract of around $17 million on the Giants' salary cap immediately,
per the league-wide 2017 value for defensive ends, but gives both parties until
July 15 at 4 p.m. to agree upon a different deal instead.
Feb 25 Ben McAdoo's illegal use of walkie-talkie costs Giants 4th-round draft position. The NFL has dropped the Giants' fourth-round draft pick 10 spots, from 130rd overall to 140th.
Zak DeOssie re-signs with Giants. DeOssie and quarterback Eli Manning are the only two remaining players from the Giants' last two Super Bowl championship seasons.
Report - Assuming for a moment that quarterback isn't the Giants' most dire
need for the 2017 offense - although one missed block could turn Eli Manning into
a bench casualty - where would you rank the other positions?
Feb 22 Giants general manager Jerry Reese acknowledged that the team needs to start planning for life after 36-year-old quarterback Eli Manning. While the long-term outlook is unclear, there's no doubt that Manning will be under center for the Giants when the 2017 season opens.
A 49-year-old Monmouth County man has been sentenced to five years in prison for scamming 16 people out of $116,550 for New York Giants season tickets seat licenses.
Feb 20 No division won more games than the NFC East in the 2016 regular season, so it comes as no surprise that all four teams rank in the Top 10 of toughest schedules for 2017. The New York Giants, who went 11-5 last season, are tied with the New York Jets for the eighth-hardest schedule with an opponent winning percentage of .535.
Feb 19 A key aspect of New York's defensive success was the elite duo at cornerback of Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins. Despite that resounding success, Rodgers-Cromartie could be traded during the 2017 offseason.
As the Giants search for a replacement for Victor Cruz, they would be wise to target a deep threat, because the past three seasons indicate there will be plenty of opportunities to make plays downfield.
Feb 16 It's obvious the Giants need to upgrade at the position. Edge protection of quarterback Eli Manning was a team weakness in 2016. It's not clear, however, how general manager Jerry Reese plans to attack the problem. Reese could look to add a veteran tackle in free agency next month.
Adrian Peterson can't get the Giants out of his mind. The former NFL MVP - who told ESPN a few weeks ago that if the Vikings were to release him before next season and he became a free agent he would be interested in joining the Giants - tweeted more love toward Big Blue on Wednesday.
could replace Victor Cruz? The Giants cleared some cap room when they released
veteran receiver Victor Cruz on Monday, but they also created a hole -- and not
just in fans' hearts.
5 more potential Cap Casualties. While there aren't any huge red flags for the salary cap--especially after the recent cut--there are still some action items with an exclamation point next to them.
moves not unexpected, the New York Giants have reportedly release receiver
Victor Cruz and running back Rashad Jennings. The two moves made will clear $10
million in cap space.
Feb 13 What would Eli Manning have done if he was in same situation as Matt Ryan? Giants fans can only hope they find Manning standing in Ryan's position one year from now in Minneapolis having to make that decision.
Feb 12 NFL free agency opens March 9, followed by the draft April 27-29 in Philadelphia. But the Giants' offseason deliberations already are well underway on how to fill their roster's needs through both signings and selections prior to the 2017 NFL season.
Feb 9 Why the Giants could face tough road back to playoffs in 2017. Five quick, way-too-early observations about the Giants' 2017 schedule (which won't be revealed in full until the spring), as well as an early prediction of what games they will play in primetime this coming season.
Feb 7 Eli Manning, Giants remain the only kryptonite to legendary Tom Brady, Patriots. Eli Manning's stock went up just a tick Sunday night. The only quarterback to ever stop him? That's still Eli Manning. Who did it twice.
If the Giants want to take the next step in 2017, I think they need to upgrade their play at the tight end position. It starts with the blocking where there were far too many times this year that poor blocking by the tight end would often short circuit running plays that would otherwise be successful.
Report - The Atlanta Falcons held a 28-3
lead over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI with 8:37 left in the third
quarter. Big deal."The
Patriots have been through a lot this year, said quarterback Tom Brady, who for
the fifth time in his seven Super Bowls was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
With 3:52 left in the overtime, Brady capped a 75-yard drive by tossing the ball
to running back James White, who took it over for a two-yard dagger in the hearts
of the Falcons.
Manning was named co-winner of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year at Saturday
night's NFL Honors awards show, the first Giant to win it in the 47-year history
of the award. He shared the honor with Larry Fitzgerald of the Cardinals.
Feb 3 If Eli Manning wants another chance at Super Bowl, Giants first need Odell Beckham Jr. to grow up. Eli Manning is at the Super Bowl making appearances. He wants to be in Minneapolis next year playing in the game. Matt Ryan is in the Super Bowl, in large part because he and Julio Jones have become the most explosive passing combination in the league.Jones is not a diva receiver. Eli Manning said there is no "secret formula" to beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl. And if there was one, he probably didn't follow it, anyway. "It's not, be down by two or be down by four with two minutes to go," Manning said Friday of the situations he found himself in during his two Super Bowl appearances against New England.
Janoris Jenkins: Bring back Jason Pierre-Paul and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Janoris Jenkins knows he's coming back to the Giants. He just signed a huge five-year, $62.5 million contract less than a year ago. Now, though, he's on a crusade to make sure everyone else comes back too. If they can, Jenkins believes the Giants might be playing in the Super Bowl next year.
Jason Pierre-Paul has settled his lawsuit against ESPN and reporter Adam Schefter out of court. Pierre-Paul was suing Schefter and ESPN for publishing an image of his medical records in July of 2015 when Schefter reported Pierre-Paul's right index finger had been amputated after his hand was severely damaged in a fireworks accident.
- There is an ageless proverb credited to the French that says: "The more
things change, the more they stay the same." The guy who coined that never
thought it would apply to the Super Bowl, a more recent (in the timeline of history)
event created by the NFL. But it is perfectly true and fulfills all the implicit
definitions. Sunday you will have the opportunity to view the 51st renewal of
this game, which pits the champions of the two conferences, AFC and NFC, against
each other for the mythical pro football world championship.
Jan 31 It has only been five years since the Giants last played in (and won) a Super Bowl, even though to some it feels like a lot longer than that. The drought since then included three losing seasons and not a single playoff berth until they finally returned this year.
Rashad Jennings is an obvious candidate to be a Giants salary cap casualty this offseason, but the veteran running back remains confident he will return for a fourth season with the team. Veteran Shane Vereen is also under contract for 2017 (although he could also be a cut candidate.
Cruz showed the first signs of regret from any of the Giants wide receivers
involved in the now-infamous trip to Miami before their playoff game earlier this
Pro Bowl was a success for the Giants for 1 reason. No one got hurt. That's
really all you need to know about the four Giants who participated in Sunday night's
Pro Bowl in Orlando, Fla.
Jan 29 The NFL's most ridiculous man is the one Giants let get away. Martellus Bennett spent his first four NFL years with the Cowboys, serving as an understudy to Jason Witten, and he had come to the Giants to flex his football muscles.
Beckham catches everything when it doesn't matter. ESPN reported Beckham has
looked loose and relaxed throughout Pro Bowl week. | Photos
Free agency is over a month away, but it's becoming clear the Giants will likely be challenged to retain Jason Pierre-Paul.
Jan 26 Falcons need to look at Giants for blueprint to beat Tom Brady and Patriots. Eli Manning and the Giants would have been the Patriots' nightmare opponent in Super Bowl LI.
Jason Pierre-Paul wants $85 million, and fans to stop the 'BS'. Pierre-Paul apparently wasn't happy that some Giants fans thought the team shouldn't sign the veteran defensive end to a big deal.
Jan 22 Giants, forget the success of Ezekiel Elliott ... and don't pick a running back in first round of NFL Draft. In Sunday afternoon's NFC title game, we'll watch the Green Bay Packers trot out a converted wide receiver, Ty Montgomery, at running back, while the Atlanta Falcons rely on 2014 fourth-round pick Devonta Freeman and 2015 third-rounder Tevin Coleman.
Peterson makes pitch to sign with Giants. The Giants' struggling ground game
could be a thing of the past.
Jan 19 The Giants have to grapple with many questions regarding their disappointing offense over the next few months. A less obvious one: What to make of the fact their leading receiver in the final two weeks of the season was inactive the previous six games?
Ben McAdoo at 39 years old took a Giants organization that had floundered for four years missing the postseason and turned Big Blue into a confident, 11-win playoff qualifier. The arrow has to point up on McAdoo's hiring for now given those facts alone.
Ben McAdoo needs to take a page from Mike Tomlin's playbook and learn how to punish his players. Ben McAdoo, make some room on that giant diner menu of yours for a few notes, because it's time to learn the lesson that Tom Coughlin forgot to teach you.
Odell Beckham Jr. failed to leave a mark on Lambeau Field, so he left one underneath it. The already-infamous hole in the wall in the bowels of Lambeau caused by a Beckham punch following the Giants' 38-13 playoff loss to the Packers on Jan. 8 has been repaired, according to ESPN.
Giants wide receivers weren't the only ones invited to Miami for the infamous
boat trip with Trey Songz and Justin Bieber. The defensive backs were, too, according
to safety Landon Collins. But they opted to pass.
Report - While four teams get ready to play for Super Bowl invitations on
Sunday (two will get letters in the mail, two others will be nothing but good
wishes), the Giants are taking all the time they need to figure out what went
wrong and how to fix it. Problem is, they don't know what went wrong, because
it started to go wrong prior to the beginning of the 2016 season.
Season in Review - First thing's first. Beckham is still the most dynamic
play maker on the Giants and it's not even close.
Jan 15 A look at the 2017 slate of opponents, first previewing the most intriguing non-divisional games and then breaking down the state of the NFC East. The Giants have no shortage of long plane rides in 2017, playing at Oakland, Arizona, Denver, and San Francisco.
NYC mayor Bill de Blasio sent supplies to fix Lambeau Stadium wall. De Blasio sent drywall, plaster and a trowel to Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt to repair the hole that was caused when Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. reportedly punched the wall.
Leon Hall isn't going to lose any of his playoff share. The Giants safety has not been fined for a hit on Packers wide receiver Jordy Nelson in last Sunday's Wild-Card round game.
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Jan 13 Jerry Reese hit the jackpot with his well-documented spending spree last offseason, but the Giants' coffers aren't empty and the GM can go shopping again this March if he wants.
Eli Manning buys $8.5M home in Quogue. There's a two-time Super Bowl MVP moving into the neighborhood. Eli Manning recently purchased a house in Quogue for $8.5 million.
The Giants signed four more free agents on Thursday, including a Trenton, N.J., native, a 2011 second-round pick and a recent Jets practice squadder.
NFC East News
Jan 12 Ben McAdoo looking for answers to fix Giants' offense. The Giants brought back most of the same offensive personnel - they even added pieces with Sterling Shepard, the return of Victor Cruz, and rookie running back Paul Perkins - yet stumbled throughout the entire season.
How does Giants' Victor Cruz stack up to other No. 3 receivers? Cruz finished the regular season with 39 catches for 586 yards and one touchdown. That ranked Cruz seventh in catches, fourth in yards and tied for ninth in touchdowns among the No. 3 receivers from the 12 playoff teams.
Odell Beckham knows he has a problem: close Giants friend. Beckham had a miserable game - he nearly dropped as many passes (three) as he caught (four, for just 28 yards) and punctuated his frustration by punching a hole in a wall outside the visiting-team locker room at Lambeau Field.
Keep JPP? Rework Odell's deal? Now comes hard part for Giants. The salary cap is expected to expand to around $155 million. The Giants, at the moment, are projected to be about $32 million under the cap - around the middle of the pack in the league.
Can the Giants afford to bring Johnathan Hankins back? Should they? The Giants had one of the best defensive lines in the NFL this season. Finances will make it a challenge to repeat that next season.
Rashad Jennings got his first taste of the playoffs Sunday, and he said he believes the Giants have the pieces to get back there next season. Jennings is slated to earn slightly more than $3 million next season, so the Giants will have a decision to make.
Games to circle on the Giants' 2017 schedule. With that in mind and the Giants holding the 23rd pick in the draft, Giants.com has taken a look at the 2017 slate of opponents, first previewing the most intriguing non-divisional games and then breaking down the state of the NFC East.
Jan 11 A
day after GM Jerry Reese indicated he wants Odell Beckham Jr. to grow up,
teammate Victor Cruz said he wasn't worried about his fellow wideout but does
think Beckham's tantrums could hold the receiver back.
Victor Cruz "absolutely" wants to return to the Giants. The Giants' brass doesn't seem as enthusiastic. Cruz has two years remaining on the five-year, $43 million extension he signed in 2013. But is due $7.4 million next season, so the only way he'll return is he takes another pay cut.
Reese has never had to worry about the high-stakes world of finding a franchise
quarterback. Eli Manning was there when he took over as Giants general manager
in 2007, and Manning is still there now, with two Super Bowl titles in-between.
may think the Giants played like trash in Green Bay, but the team says it
didn't trash their return flight home.
Reese tells Odell Beckham it's time to grow up. That was the message that
Giants general manager Jerry Reese had for Odell Beckham Jr. as the talented and
tumultuous wide receiver heads into the offseason.
GM Jerry Reese speaks out on Odell Beckham, Ereck Flowers, Eli Manning. On
Day 1 of the Giants' offseason, general manager Jerry Reese could not have been
more forceful and thought-provoking on three salient issues. Reese addressed the
team's most pressing areas with language that couldn't have been clearer.
Pierre-Paul is ready for a massive payday. The pending free agent said Monday
he will sign a multi-year deal this offseason and hopes to return to the Giants,
but his decision will be based on what's best for his family.
On The Game: Game 17
Gamegirl ---"Things were going so well. The Giants weren't putting up a lot of points, but they were controlling the game. I really thought it would be one of those low scoring ones that they would win, but then things came crashing down..."
Mikefan. ---"You've seen it before, a season where the Giants were unstoppable. Well, this year it looks like Green Bay is on a mission to go all the way..."
ESPN - Rodgers works Hail Mary magic, Packers beat Giants 38-13.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Packers 38, Giants 13.
NYDailyNews - Giants defense, a season strength, couldn't handle Packers.
NYDailyNews - Giants boat memes hit social media after 38-13 loss to Packers.
NYDailyNews - Odell Beckham, Sterling Shepard cost Giants with early drops.
NYDailyNews - Giants can't stop Aaron Rodgers and Packers, lose 38-13.
NYDailyNews - Odell Beckham and Giants waste another year for Eli Manning.
NYPost - Did Giants screw up Hail Mary? Depends which defender you ask.
NYPost - Ben McAdoo ends strong year with 2 contentious calls.
NYPost - Giants' Rodgers-Cromartie is feeling so many types of pain.
NYPost - How Giants were doomed by Packers' eerie, karmic revenge.
NYPost - This is what enraged Odell Beckham did to a Packers wall.
NYPost - Odell Beckham grabbed the boat spotlight - then disappeared.
NYPost - Odell Beckham a sobbing mess as Giants crash out of playoffs.
NYPost - Giants in tears, feeling empty after falling short of goal.
NYPost - Giants report card: The apt end for disastrous offense.
NYPost - Victor Cruz would be crushed if this is the end.
NYPost - One bad choice highlighted Bobby Rainey's horrible day.
StarLedger - Giants' season comes to crashing end with blowout playoff loss to Packers.
StarLedger - Insult to injury: Giants' Eli Manning subjected to drug test after loss.
StarLedger - Odell Beckham Jr. was bad, but don't blame Bieber and the boat trip.
StarLedger - Giants' biggest stars come up small in 38-13 playoff loss to Packers.
StarLedger - Giants' Odell Beckham Jr. again shows troubling immaturity with wall punch.
TheRecord - Inside Giants-Packers: What went wrong for Big Blue.
TheRecord - Giants notes: Special teams not so special.
TheRecord - Giants' season ends in a blink in 38-13 loss to Packers.
InsideFootball - Instant Analysis: Giants Fall to Packers, 38-13.
BigBlueInteractive - Green Bay Packers 38 - New York Giants 13.
Newsday - Florida trip didn't make Beckham play poorly.
Newsday - Giants Q&A: DRC's absence hurt secondary.
Newsday - Rodgers' 4 TD passes knock out Giants.
Newsday - Rodgers vs. Giants' defense: No contest.
Newsday - Giants have no answers for Rodgers' Hail Mary TD pass.
Newsday - Giants' grades: Special teams gets F.
Newsday - Eli Manning's chances at a third Super Bowl ring running out.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - After sluggish start, Rodgers dazzles again.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Packers' Gunter stands tall against Beckham.
(11-5) vs Packers (10-6) Game Preview
Jan 8 Ben McAdoo has won over the Giants by being one of them. Vince Lombardi could be growling at him from across the field and Ben McAdoo wouldn't blink. The Russians could have jammed his walkie talkie and Ben McAdoo wouldn't have flinched. McAdoo's going home - to pals who miss him and want to crush him. Ben McAdoo won't be your ordinary visiting NFL head coach Sunday. Not here, at least, and still not yet.
The Giants' and Packers' Sunday afternoon Wild Card showdown at Lambeau Field will be a matchup of Best-on-Best: The Giants' defense, one of the league's top shutdown units, against Aaron Rodgers, the quarterback playing at the highest level right now.
Giants believe Playoff Eli will be be superhero against Packers. They have heard he is not the same quarterback, not at 36. They know he has trouble putting 20 points on the scoreboard, and yet the memory of how this quarterback left Brett Favre frozen in despair nine years ago, then discount double-checked Rodgers five years ago haunts them.
Robbie Gould not worried if Giants-Packers comes down to late kick. Gould, who is in his 12th NFL season but first with the Giants, spent more than a decade as the Bears kicker. Twice a year, every year, he'd kick against the Packers. One of those matchups would be in Lambeau.
on Odell Beckham to sink or swim in Green Bay If OBJ doesn't come up with
a couple of explosive plays, if he drops an important pass, if he gets a personal
foul, if he goes all Josh Norman mode on the Packers, it's going to be blamed
on the Miami trip.
Giants expected to make offensive line change vs. Packers. The Giants are going back to their opening day offensive line to start the second season. Veteran Marshall Newhouse is expected to start at right tackle over Bobby Hart in Sunday's NFC Wild-Card game against the Packers.
Rodgers does not scare Landon Collins and the Giants' defense. It's not that
they don't respect Rodgers. Damon "Snacks" Harrison called him "one of the greats"
dream scenario for the Giants is Aaron Rodgers on the sidelines, frozen with
helplessness and anxiety, watching the kid run the rock over and over and over
Eli Manning is tougher than you. He may pull odd faces and inspire unflattering memes, but while other QBs fall by the wayside the Giants' stalwart hasn't missed a start since 2004.
Before the Giants and Packers meet again in a win-or-go-home setting, a look back at the 2007 NFC Championship Game through the eyes of the players who tried not to freeze during it.
The story behind how mini-Ben McAdoo was born. A few months ago, 12-year-old Peter Costigan came home after getting a haircut. The part in his hair, usually on the side, had shifted to the middle.
Impossible? How the Giants plan to defend Packers QB Aaron Rodgers in NFL
Playoffs rematch. Limiting the damage inflicted by Aaron Rodgers must be the defense's
A day after Landon Collins said the team's corners started calling themselves the "NYPD" - New York Pass Defense - Green Bay players basically shrugged off the whole thing. "Well, we're in Wisconsin, so we don't have to worry about that," Packers receiver Davante Adams told ESPN.
Damon "Snacks" Harrison is turning to video games to get an upper hand on Aaron Rodgers. The Giants defensive tackle said Thursday he's been playing with the Packers on Madden this week in the lead-up to Big Blue's Wild Card round matchup in Green Bay this weekend.
To hear Bart Scott tell it, Aaron Rodgers will have his way with the Giants' defense - an overrated defense, according to Scott - and lead the Packers to an easy win in their NFC wild-card matchup on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Rashad Jennings and rookie running back Paul Perkins combined for 39 carries for 153 yards and a touchdown in the season finale. With temperatures expected to hover around zero degrees, the running game will likely be a critical component of the Giants' game-plan.
The Giants' coaches preach offensive balance against Green Bay's defense for this Sunday's NFC wild card game, but rookie wide receiver Sterling Shepard wonders aloud if they should throw more against a depleted secondary that was ranked 31st in the league against the pass.
balls, AC: Giants going all-out to prepare for Green Bay. The forecast says
there should be a high of 14 and a low of 7, practically balmy compared with the
minus-1 temperature the Giants and Packers experienced in the NFC Championship
game on Jan. 20, 2008.
The Giants would not be here without Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, who, technically, is not a starting cornerback and yet Wednesday was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week for his two-interception, one-sack performance in the 19-10 victory over the Redskins. Rodgers-Cromartie is in his ninth NFL season and is not thinking about leaving any time soon.
Five years ago Victor Cruz was the toast of Giants nation. The last time the Giants were in the playoffs, Cruz caught two passes for 28 yards in a 28-2 victory over the Falcons on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, the first (and still only) playoff game he ever has played at MetLife Stadium.
unlikely Giants' defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul will play in Sunday's Wild
Card playoff game against the Packers. But Pierre-Paul made a small and encouraging
step on Wednesday, when he appeared at practice for the first time since undergoing
sports hernia surgery on Dec. 7.
Giants' search for an identity is over. They are a low-scoring team with a
monstrous defense and a knack for winning close games. But will that be good enough
to win it all?
Giants are coming off their best rushing game of the season, 166 yards in
their regular season finale, a 19-10 victory over Washington.
one very obvious pregnant pause, it seemed as if Eli Manning was about to
take his teammates to task for their impromptu visit to Miami. It sounded as if
he was ready to express an opinion diametrically opposed to what his coach said
a day earlier.
opposing head coach is as familiar with Aaron Rodgers as Ben McAdoo is, but
the Giants coach says he doesn't have a secret formula to stop the star quarterback.
"I don't have any kryptonite," McAdoo said Monday.
Giants' search for an identity is over. They are a low-scoring team with a
monstrous defense and a knack for winning close games. But will that be good enough
to win it all?
On The Game: Game 16
Gamegirl ---"The Giants defense had 3 sacks in the first half and had held the Redskins to zero points. I guess that factored into Ben McAdoo's decision to go for a 4th-and-2 at the Washington 16 yard line on the Giants opening drive in the 3rd quarter..."
Mikefan. ---"Who would have thought, as this long season moved along, at the very end the strength of the Giants offense would be with their running game? All year Eli Manning has had his three healthy talented receivers at his disposal, and today he threw for only 180 yards and no touchdowns..."
ESPN - Redskins lose to Giants 19-10, blow chance to make playoffs.
Giants.com - Instant Analysis: Giants 19, Redskins 10.
NYDailyNews - Giants crush Washington's playoff dreams with 19-10 win.
NYDailyNews - Josh Norman unable to bait Giants' Odell Beckham in first half.
NYDailyNews - Paul Perkins provides Giant boost to running game before playoffs .
NYPost - Giants rip Redskins' heart out in game that meant nothing.
NYPost - The reality behind Giants history shows how special this year is.
NYPost - Giants report card: Ben McAdoo pulled every right string.
NYPost - The moment Giants afterthought has waited for doomed the Redskins.
NYPost - How Josh Norman proved Odell Beckham's ready for playoffs.
NYPost - Paul Perkins has made his case that he should be starter.
NYPost - Which is the real Ben McAdoo?
StarLedger - Giants' offense still a concern entering playoffs.
StarLedger - Paul Perkins is the team's most important player this postseason.
StarLedger - Janoris Jenkins 'sore' after leaving win over Redskins.
StarLedger - Giants to face Packers in Wild Card round.
TheRecord - Giants knock Redskins out, playoffs next.
TheRecord - Beckham, all grown up and playoff-ready.
InsideFootball - What we've learned from the 19-10 win over Washington.
BigBlueInteractive - New York Giants 19 - Washington Redskins 10.
Newsday - Meaningless? Not for Giants, who KO Redskins.
Newsday - Perkins tops 100 yards in first NFL start.
Newsday - Odell Beckham focused on Giants' playoff run.
Newsday - Giants grades: Team is coming together for playoffs.
Newsday - Glauber: Defense will decide how far Giants go.
Newsday - Giants Q&A: McAdoo played his starters; it worked out fine.
WashingtonPost - Josh Norman wasn't happy with latest penalties during rematch with Odell Beckham Jr.
WashingtonPost - Kirk Cousins sidesteps question about staying in Washington..
(10-5) vs Redskins (8-6-1) Game Preview
Jan 1 The secret to Eli Manning's playoff success during his championship runs is not really a secret. There are no drastic differences between Manning's regular season and postseason numbers in almost every relevant statistical measure - except for interceptions, particularly away from the Meadowlands.
Josh Johnson has not thrown a pass in an NFL game since 2011, back when he was with the Buccaneers. His right arm might get dusted off on Sunday, though, if Ben McAdoo decides to pull Eli Manning from the game with the Redskins before the finish.
About all the Giants have left to prove this season is that they can score, and this is their last chance to do so in the regular season. That undoubtedly plays into Ben McAdoo's decision to play his starters and build some momentum in a game in which he could easily and without argument rest them for next weekend's much more important wild-card game.
Brad Wing on living with Odell Beckham, beating the odds - "You just think of the strict numbers - there's 32 jobs in the world for the job that I've been going for for the last six years. The American population is up there, and then you add the Australian population, too, so for me to kind of work my way up through college and then to finally grasp one of those 32 jobs..."
The Giants tuned in on Christmas Eve to see the New Orleans Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and clinch Big Blue's first playoff berth in five years. And on Sunday night there is again a good chance Ben McAdoo's players will be glued to their smartphones on the return trip from outside Washington D.C.